Experience with DIY flowers?

posted 2 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

damarajade:  I’m planning on going the DIY route too because flowers are too expensive! I have sourced out a local farm that grows flowers and is usually at the local Farmer’s Market, but you can also go to them and order. Farmer’s Markets are great for fresh, affordable flowers.

As for the arranging, my sister was in a wedding last year that did their own bouquets and bouts. It was on a Saturday, the picked up flowers from Costco on Thursday, arranged, wrapped the stems, put in a vase with water and refirdgerated until Saturday and they were beautiful! If you went the Costco route, she ordered 2 months in advance and put down a deposit.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

damarajade:  Hey! so we didnt go the DIY route we went the real touch fake route lol with that said the lady we bought them from said a lot of her brides sell them on ebay when they are done 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

damarajade:  I do- they weren’t cheaper than real flowers unless you bought them used on ebay! 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

damarajade:  I wanted them because I had to have this exact flower but you can’t get it any where else lol the things a wedding will do to you :/

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

lynnielou33193:  thank you for posting!  I am morally opposed to cut flowers, read your post and was looking online.  I love the concept!  I will see of my aunt who wants to do floral would be ok with arranging those instead of real flowers.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Consultette:  Ya for sure! I am planning on selling mine too lol check ebay- you may be able to find some already put together in your price range. be careful though cause these are called Real Touch flowers and they arent silk 🙂 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

 

damarajade:  I’m following to see what others say! I’ve been looking at bulk flowers online since the day I got engaged and want to hear others’ experiences. I’m trying to decide between ordering by flower type (as in, get 100 roses, 100 mums, etc.) or to order flower packs by color (fiftyflowers has something called something like “orange/peach combo pack” which gives you five different kinds of flowers in that color scheme at a great price–but you don’t get a say in which flowers you get)

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

damarajade:  We DIYed our centerpieces. I thought about ordering online, but didn’t like the sheer numbers that were required (usually 100 stems) or the selection (Costco). I did some searching around and found out that a local florist is the flower wholesaler for our area and they wholesale flowers to the public. Since it’s also a florist, we had them make our bouquets, bouts, corsages, and hair flowers. The prices for the wholesale flowers were the same as Fifty Flowers, but we could buy them in sets of 10 stems, rather than 50 or 100. I loved how everything turned out! So, that’s another option – find out the local wholesaler and go directly to them.

 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

damarajade:  my cousins got theirs from Costco. I’ll be getting mine from fifty flowers.

It saved SO MUCH. Unfortunately, at 16 I was not given all the details. it’s not a hard project, but it is a long one. And you need an army to help. The wedding I was most involved in we used all roses and did 4 bridesmaids, 1 bridal, ~10 centerpieces and about a dozen bouttieniers (I can never spell that).

It took about a day. The flowers were delivered Thursday, assembled Friday. However, being a December wedding, the roses didn’t open much. If they had another day to bloom they would have looked better.

Roses were a bit of a pain because they had to be dethorned. That took forever, and was a step that could have easily been avoided by picking other flowers.

My flowers (carnations, spray roses (no thorns) and baby’s breath) will get delivered Wednesday for my Sunday wedding. Assembled Friday and Saturday and kept in water until the very last second.

What I am getting from fifty flowers will cost about $800, and it will be enough to have lots of beautiful arrangements. I love flowers, but shelling out half my budget for them wasn’t in the cards.

I did a test run the other day and heres what I got. The colors are wrong, but I worked with what the local flower mart had. Sorry the pics are sideways. If you want to see any more pics, or some from my cousins weddings, let me know.

I learned in my test run that bouquets are fairly easy. Corsages and bouttio….whatever are so easy that a five year old could do them. Centerpieces are harder, but not bad. Some parts of mine are dying because I couldn’t get the stem all the way into the water. But, five days later, the bouquet still looks great and the centerpiece would to if it had something to drink.

Bridal bouquet 

Bridesmaid

Centerpiece

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

damarajade:  The edit button doesn’t seem to be working. I wanted to add that our flowers for the centerpieces cost about $300 and we had 15 tables with vases like you see in my pictures. We had about 130 small vases with 2-3 stems per vase.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

We are going the DIY route. I still have lots of time, but I will probably get them from Blooms by the Box. My budget is ~$500. I can get around 350 stems for that. (4 bouquets, 5 bouts, ~10 centerpieces). They might be more expensive per stem, but they allow me to buy smaller amounts- therefore saving money. I don’t need 700 stems, and I don’t need to spend $1000.

The biggest way to save money on FRESH flowers is to pick ones that are in season!! Find cheaper “filler” flowers. Carnations actually look great when they are packed in tight with other flowers. Make sure you choose a variety of textures. 

Do trial runs with marked down flowers from the grocery store! Take apart the arrangements and make them into bouquets. Go to craft stores and make arrangements from silk flowers, pick colors and shapes that you like. That’s how I figured out how many stems I’d need per bouquet. 

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